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Blessings & Beats: Passover Hip-Hop Style

Tonight is the second night of the Jewish holiday, Passover. Jews around the world will sit down for a ritual dinner called a "seder". They'll retell the biblical story of the Jewish slaves' exodus from Egypt. A Montreal-based music producer has recast the Passover seder for the hip-hop generation. Socalled - alias Josh Dolgin - used rappers, Yiddish and klezmer samples, and funky beats to make "The SoCalled Seder - A Hip Hop Haggadah". The CD cover shows a matzah on a record turntable. The songs include "the 10 Plagues", all four cups of wine, and L.M.P.G. - Let My People Go. David Sommerstein spoke with SoCalled about the surprising similarities between Passover and Hip-Hop.  Go to full article

Blood and Ink Mix in Montreal Tattoo Convention

The art of tattooing in this region is as old as the Iroquois. The first westerners to get tattoos were probably the French Voyageurs. Then sailors entering the ports of Montreal brought body art from the West Indies. The tradition spread to military men, and performers in the red light district. Today tattoos are part of the mainstream. The third annual international tattoo convention in Montreal attracted 4,000 visitors and over 150 tattoo artists from around the world recently. It was held in a train station proscenium.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Airport Marketed as Montreal's U.S. Airport

Officials broke ground yesterday on a new passenger terminal on the site of the old Plattsburgh Airforce Base. Locals hope the ten million dollar Federally-funded project will help to create a new transportation hub in the region. The military base closed ten years ago, costing Plattsburgh hundreds of jobs. As Chris Knight, supporters say the new airport will benefit the city and could offer new options to travelers in the Champlain Valley and the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Montreal Won't Bid for 2016 Olympic Games

Montreal's mayor is backing away from a suggestion that his city should host the 2016 Olympic Games. Gerald Tremblay raised the idea on Sunday. But he now says the city should focus on rebuilding its public infrastructure. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Debate Over St. Lawrence Water Levels

The International Joint Commission is four years into a five-year, $20 million study of water flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It's looking at how water levels affect everything on or in the water - from harbor drafts in Montreal to boaters in the Thousand Islands to muskee in the St. Lawrence to homeowners outside Rochester. The IJC is holding meetings in Massena tonight and Alexandria Bay tomorrow to gather public input. Dalton Foster, Massena, is president of the International Water Levels Coalition, a grassroots citizen group. He's the former chairman of the public input branch of the IJC study. He told David Sommerstein the St. Lawrence Seaway and Massena power dam forever altered the way water flows to the ocean.  Go to full article
Montreal Int'l Fireworks Competition
Montreal Int'l Fireworks Competition

Fireworks As Celebration And For Arts Sake

This weekend, towns and villages around the north country will celebrate the 4th of July with glorious fireworks displays. Rockets and sparklers are a holiday tradition, but they're also an ancient form of art, dating back nearly two thousand years. Brian Mann traveled to Montreal last Saturday for the 20th annual International Fireworks Competition. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Rural Kids, Homeless In The Big City

Young people from rural areas who wind up homeless often land on the streets of big cities. They go to escape poverty or broken families. They're searching for jobs or an education or adventure. But many of these kids wind up victims -- addicted to drugs, hooked into prostitution. Brian Mann spent a night on the streets of Montreal and has our story.  Go to full article

A 'Dimmer' View of Climate Change

You've probably heard about global warming, maybe also climactic cooling. Scientists have identified another phenomenon called 'global dimming'. They say the world is getting darker. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Meets With Quebec Leaders

Governor Pataki met with Quebec's premier yesterday in Montreal. The men signed a series of agreements designed to strengthen trade ties. As Brian Mann reports, a major goal is improving transportation across the US-Canada border.  Go to full article
Annik, a Montreal sex worker, has her own website.
Annik, a Montreal sex worker, has her own website.

Montreal's Legal Sex Industry Attracts Americans & Sparks Controversy

For many people in the North Country, Montreal is a favorite city for weekend getaways, famous for its jazz festival and its winter carnival. But the city is also an increasingly popular destination for tourists and businessmen looking for sex. As Brian Mann reports, most forms of prostitution are legal in the city. But a child-sex scandal in Quebec has sparked a closer scrutiny of Montreal's sex industry.  Go to full article

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